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Pope urges complete ban on producing, using land mines

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LANDMINES wound innocent civilians, “prolong war and nurture fear” long after conflicts have ended, Pope Francis told delegates working on the full implementation of an international treaty banning the production and use of anti-personnel mines. “Reduce the stockpile of weapons! Ban weapons that have no reason for existing in human society and instead invest in education, healthcare, saving our planet ... Read More »

Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens’ murder

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POPE Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found on June 30 in Hebron, West Bank. Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the Pope phoned him at home late in the afternoon on July 1 and said: “Good evening. This is Pope Francis. I wanted to personally ... Read More »

Social ills are result of political, not just moral failures, Pope says

Pope Francis

MANY of today’s social ills are driven by a lack of adequate social policies and government support, not just selfishness and moral degradation, Pope Francis said. And, he added, standing up for the poor and disenfranchised was not a sign of being a communist, but was the mark of a true Christian. “The communists stole our cause. Rallying for the ... Read More »

Chaldean bishop says Iraqis returning home, despite tough conditions

Iraqi child

THOUSANDS of Iraqi Christians who fled recent shelling by extremist militants and sought refuge in the neighbouring autonomous Kurdistan region are now returning home, said a Catholic archbishop responsible for their care. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Matte Warda told Catholic News Service about “90 per cent of the families are returning to the villages of Qaraqosh and Karamlish and environs ... Read More »

Pope: People drawn to caring shepherd, not moralists, the power-hungry

Pope Francis waves

PEOPLE were drawn to Jesus because he was a good shepherd – not a moralist, not power-hungry, not a revolutionary and not a hermit, Pope Francis said. Jesus “wasn’t embarrassed about talking to sinners, he went to find them” and he felt joy going out, getting close to the people, listening to their problems and offering them healing, the Pope ... Read More »

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family

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By Francis X. Rocca for Catholic News Service THE working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family. The 75-page “instrumentum laboris”, published by the Vatican on June 26, is supposed ... Read More »

Synod to review state of family to be followed by another next year

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REPRESENTATIVES of the world’s Catholic bishops, meeting together in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the Church’s pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican from October 5-19, bringing together the presidents of national bishops’ conferences, the heads ... Read More »

Pope says it’s important for Christians to stick together

Pope Francis and children

CHRISTIANS are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the Church, Pope Francis said. At his weekly general audience on June 25, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the Church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith. Every Christian, ... Read More »

Bishop condemns kidnappings, asks Israel to keep response proportionate

Israeli soldiers

THE chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate asked anyone with information about the kidnapping of three Israeli teens to come forward and help return the youths to their families. At the same time, he called on the Israeli army to keep its reaction and its search methods proportionate.  “Kidnapping three Israeli young people is not fair, and is against human rights ... Read More »

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